3D Map Generator – Atlas – From Heightmap to real 3D map



ATLAS – from heightmap to real 3D map

Photoshop plugin for creating individual 3D maps from your own ideas
For Photoshop from CC-2015.5 or newer, PC and MAC

The 3D Map-Generator – Atlas uses the Photoshop internal 3D engine and now finally lives up to it’s name. Together with the advanced tools of its predecessor TERRAIN in combination with the heightmapper it is unbeatably the best 3D Map Generator.

Watch the demo videos

Update History

September 6, 2018 – Free Update v1.1

- bug fixing
- Resize-Doc feature to enlarge heightmap and texture
- 28 new heightmap building brushes
- New Auto-Heightmap feature with 7 presets
- Add Level feature
- New shortcode "water" 

Atlas generates 3D maps from every heightmap within minutes. You need no 3D knowledge or Photoshop knowledge at all. Heightmaps can be easily created with the plugin internal tools or downloaded with the help of the Heightmapper from almost every place of the world.

Every angle of vision on the 3D map is possible. You can completely determine the height and map dimension and change it at any time. Also light and shadows are adjustable at will.
8 isometric map angle presets picture a 360 degree angle of vision. So the isometric icon sets will still match the final maps. Manually the map can of course be rotated steplessly. With the map reset function you can go back to the isometric basic setting at any time.

  • Real 3D maps of every heightmap
  • Up to 6000×6000 px heightmaps are supported
  • Unlimited access to the Heightmapper
  • 60+ heightmap brushes
  • Auto-Heightmaps function
  • Add level feature
  • Resize Doc function
  • Additional shortcodes features
  • 8 isometric directions as preset
  • Map height and dimension setting
  • Map and light reset function
  • Map reminder function
  • Auto-Texture generator
  • Heightmap tools
  • Texture gradient presets
  • Background presets
  • Contour lines tool
  • Grid tool
  • 3D file export (Collada, STL, OBJ, U3D)
  • 3D printable maps
  • Icons library to insert your own icons and elements into the plugin
  • More than 80 isometric basic icons and elements
  • Non-destructive creating process: The original grayscale heightmap document remains unchanged.

Map Reminder
With the map reminder function Atlas knows even on the next day, how big your generated 3D map is, what height it has and in which isometric angle it’s positioned (The plugin does not remember manually map settings).

Free Online Heightmapper
With the free online Heightmap browsers grayscale heightmaps from almost every place on earth can be downloaded and used for your 3D maps. Without any doubt the Heightmapper is the most easy to handle Heightmap source, because with the help of GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude) google map textures can easily be transferred pixel accurately to the 3D maps. Additionally to the Tangram Heightmapper there are also three alternative heightmap ressources available.

3D file export formats
The 3D map models (not the isometric icons) can be exported as the following file formats:
Collada (with texture), STL, OBJ and U3D

3D print
The 3D maps (not the isometric icons) can be printed with your own 3D printer or a 3D printing service.

Layer shortcodes
Rename the layer to get this additional features before creating the 3D map:

  • “texture” marks this layer or group as a texture. So it will be positioned directly on the 3D map
  • “shape” marks this layer or group as a shape of the 3D map
  • “water” marks this layer as a water texture and will always be positioned on the texture of the 3D map

Important pre-sale notes:

The 3D Map Generator – Atlas plugin will only work in the english version of Photoshop CC-2015.5 or newer. It cannot be installed with any previous version.
How to find out which Photoshop version is yours (tutorial video)

How to change the Photoshop language to English and vice versa (tutorial video)

Creating a 3D map with the 3D Map Generator – Atlas can take 10 min or more, depending on the map size and the performance of your computer.

The 3D Map Generator – Atlas can be used on both PC and Mac. Please mind the minimum requirements for performance.

Generally every map size until a heightmap size of 6000×6000 px is possible. But the processing time and the map size depends on the performance and the hard-disk space of your computer. All provided textures and brushes are optimized on a basic shape or grayscale heightmap size of 1000×1000 up to 1500×1500 px.

*Grayscale Heightmap services: All suggested heightmap services are not part of the 3D Map Generator – Atlas. They are just options for getting a grayscale heightmap. There is no guarantee of availability or functionality.

System requirements

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.9 (64-bit) or v10.10 (64-bit)
  • 2 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • min. Photoshop CC.2015.5 or newer (CC-2018 recommended)
  • English Photoshop version (Every language can easily be changed to English and vice versa)


  • Intel® Core 2 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor; 2 GHz or faster processor
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1
  • 2 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • min. Photoshop CC.2015.5 or newer (CC-2018 recommended)
  • English Photoshop version (Every language can easily be changed to English and vice versa)

Item Support

If you are reporting an issue:

  • give us as much information as possible (Photoshop version number, used Photoshop language, OS version)
  • tell us what exactly you have done
  • screenshots are helpful
  • videos are very helpful (try this free app)

Fitting isometric map icons